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Arabic Loan Words in English


One of my favorite things about English is how it's a wonderful hodge-podge (a big mix) of many different languages. The words we use every day have all different origins: some from Latin, some from Yiddish, some from French, and some from Spanish. One language that may not come to mind immediately when thinking about the origins of English words is Arabic, but many of our most common words come from this language. With this in mind, we decided to look at Arabic loan words in English. If you're as interested in loan words as we are, check out these Arabic [...]

Arabic Loan Words in English2020-02-18T18:36:10+00:00

Dutch Loan Words


When you think of the Netherlands, what do you picture? Do you think of tulips, windmills, bicycles, and canals? Or do you think of the Dutch masters and van Gogh? Did you know that about 1% of English words come from Dutch, and that there are many Dutch loan words in English? A couple of them may surprise you. Check out the most popular Dutch loan words below!   Aloof   Aloof comes to English from the Middle Dutch word lof, which means a windward direction. Nowadays, we use the word aloof to talk about someone who is cold or [...]

Dutch Loan Words2019-11-14T09:04:09+00:00

Japanese Loan Words in English


Japan is one of those countries that always seems so far away. Travelling to Japan has been on my bucket list (something you want to do) for years, and I really hope I make it there one day. Luckily for us though, there are many Japanese loan words in English that help Japan feel just a little closer.   One of my favorite things in English is how many words we have borrowed from other languages- German, French, Yiddish, Spanish, Latin and Scandinavian. They help make English unique, and may even inspire you to learn a new language!   If [...]

Japanese Loan Words in English2019-08-22T09:23:24+00:00

Loan Words from Irish


Loan Words from Irish If you've been following Bespeaking for any length (long) of time, you know that we love our loan words! Loan words are always fascinating (really interesting) because they help to show how languages work together and borrow (take) from each other... especially English. This week, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we thought we would focus on some loan words from Irish.   Some of you may not know that Irish is its own language, not just an accent spoken by the Irish people! We get some very interesting and useful words from the Irish language. So, [...]

Loan Words from Irish2019-06-17T12:47:07+00:00

Portuguese Loan Words


Portuguese Loan Words The history of Portuguese and English is long and storied. Many of the Portuguese loan words we have in English today are from the Age of Discovery, when Portuguese explorers (people who travelled the world to “discover” new land) were coming to the New World and interacting (talking) with sailors from all over the world.   If you've been wanting to learn Portuguese, then you're in luck! With our blog, you'll be well on your way with all of the Portuguese loan words we have in English, and Bespeaking now offers Portuguese lessons. To help you get started [...]

Portuguese Loan Words2019-06-17T13:02:39+00:00

Russian Loan Words: 9 Words We Get from Russian


9 Russian Loan Words When I was a little kid, the animated (cartoon) movie version of Anastasia came out in theaters and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. (To this day, I can still sing along to (sing with) all of the songs.) Ever since Anastasia came out, St. Petersburg, Russia has been (Present perfect tense!) on my bucket list of places to go. So, you can say that I've always had an affinity for Russian loan words in English. Loan words are an important part of the English language, since English is a language that has grown and changed over the years by taking words from other [...]

Russian Loan Words: 9 Words We Get from Russian2019-06-17T13:09:40+00:00

English Words Used in German – Eingedeutscht!


English Words in German - Eingedeutscht! One of the wonderful things about language, in my opinion, is how flexible it is. Languages borrow words from other languages all the time, making the way we speak and write a beautiful hodge-podge (mixture) of different slang, verbs, and nouns. While English definitely borrows (takes, uses) some words from German, there are quite a few English words used in German, too. A lot of them keep the same meaning, like when my friends ask me if I'll joinen (join) them for something, but sometimes the meaning changes somewhat.   Naturally, the Germans have a [...]

English Words Used in German – Eingedeutscht!2019-06-17T13:19:16+00:00

Foreign Loanwords-German, French, Latin, Yiddish, Spanish, & Scandinavian


Foreign Loanwords from 6 Languages What exactly is a loanword? We've written a lot about foreign loanwords, but do you know what they really are?   As always, Bespeaking is here to break it down for you! Read on to find out exactly what foreign loanwords in English are, and how you can use them in your everyday life.   What is a loanword?   According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a loanword is "a word taken from one language and used in another." This word is not translated, and so takes on a very similar meaning to its meaning in the [...]

Foreign Loanwords-German, French, Latin, Yiddish, Spanish, & Scandinavian2019-06-17T13:36:33+00:00

Scandinavian Loanwords in English – Easy English Blog


Scandinavian Loanwords- Easy English Blog Origin words are a lot of fun! We've talked about words from Yiddish, Latin, French, German, and Spanish here on the Bespeaking blog. Now is a good time to write about words that come from Scandinavia, or Scandinavian loanwords.   Scandinavia didn't just give us the Vikings. It gave us all sorts of (many different) common words, as well! Here are just a few:   Cog   From the word: kugge (Swedish)   Have you ever looked at a clock or wristwatch where you could see the gears (moving parts) inside? Those little toothed wheels are [...]

Scandinavian Loanwords in English – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:43:35+00:00

Spanish Loan Words – Easy English Blog


Spanish Loan Words We've talked about all sorts of different languages that influence English on the Bespeaking blog (such as German, Latin, Yiddish, and French), but since Spanish loan words are such a huge contributor, we've decided to cover it twice!   Here are ten more Spanish loan words that you can use in your day-to-day life that come from Spanish. ¡Ándele!   Ten-Gallon Hat   Original: tan galán, meaning "so gallant"   Believe it or not, the name for the famous ten-gallon cowboy hat does not have anything to do with their ability to hold ten gallons of water. The [...]

Spanish Loan Words – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:46:21+00:00

7 Spanish Words Used in English


7 Spanish Words Used in English We've said it before, but English is truly a wonderful language because it has taken on words from many other languages. It's one of my favorite things about English, and can make it a bit easier for new learners, since they recognize some words from their mother tongues. This week we’ll tackle (work out, handle) Spanish words used in English.   On the Bespeaking blog, we've covered loan words from German (here and here), as well as loan words from  French, Latin, US vs. UK words, and even Yiddish. So we figured it was about time [...]

7 Spanish Words Used in English2019-06-17T13:54:21+00:00

10 Common Latin Words in English


10 Common Latin Words in English Last week, we covered ten Latin words used in English and their English derivatives. Because it was such a success, because Latin is such an important source for English, and because we promised a part two…here are ten more Latin words in English! If you are the type that loves word etymology and word borrowings, check out our past blogs with words that come from French, Yiddish, and German here and here!   So, get a bit ancient with your vocabulary and check out the list below:   Gravis   Latin meaning: heavy   English derivatives: [...]

10 Common Latin Words in English2019-06-17T13:56:02+00:00